Aussie supermarket chain Coles to provide free 'reusable' plastic bags indefinitely

Outrage as Coles backflips on plastic bag ban

Outrage as Coles backflips on plastic bag ban

That decision copped flak from shoppers struggling to do not forget to bring their own bags and on Wednesday the supermarket was roundly slammed by environmentalists and customers after announcing it would be giving away free plastic bags at the checkout indefinitely.

"This decision makes a complete mockery of Coles' claim to want to reduce plastic waste and is a betrayal of the millions of their customers who want the supermarket to do the right thing in favor of a vocal minority", Zoe Deans, a campaigner at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, said in a statement Wednesday.

Anyway, here we are: you can get your free plastic bags from Coles until Wednesday, August 29, at which point it's time to suck it up and bring your own bags or pay the (15 cent) price.

Rival Aldi never supplied free bags, instead charging customers 15¢ for heavy duty Aldi-branded plastic bags.

One of the most vocal campaigners, newspaper columnist and television host Andrew Bolt, wrote in his regular opinion column he believed the reusable bags were even risky for people's health.

Last year Coles and Woolworth agreed to phase out single use plastics bags by the 1st of July this year.

"... we know that many customers are still finding themselves a bag or two short at the register and we want to do the right thing by them during this transition period".

The change only applies to the four states.

Single-use bags are now banned in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, ACT and Northern Territory.

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"We now renew our call to Gladys Berejiklian and the State Government to enforce a ban of single-use plastic bags immediately".

"What about the people who actually go and do the shopping and who have said to Coles, "No, we want our plastic bags".

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The Projectco-host scoffed at Steve for celebrating Coles 'bringing back the bags, ' suggesting the well-off TV star would hardly notice a difference.

"One part of this commitment is removing single-use plastic bags from our stores".

In Hong Kong, there is HK$0.50 plastic bag levy.

"Also, a public message to Brad Banducci and the team at Woolworths - please don't follow suit". "Just keep them in your auto!" another said.

"I feel like we don't treat consumers with enough respect because I think they really understand we're trying to avoid the creation of waste, avoid the use of plastic", she said. "(It) would change people's behavior over time", he wrote on Twitter.

He landed another joke later on, while Steve was questioning the accuracy of Dee's quoted statistics.

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